Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Space Industry and Business News  

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Japan to widen evacuation zone around nuclear plant

Japan says radiation leak risk 'significantly smaller'
Tokyo (AFP) April 11, 2011 - The risk of a massive leak of radioactive materials from a crippled nuclear plant in northeast Japan is becoming "significantly smaller," the government said Monday. "The possibility that the situation at the nuclear plant will deteriorate and lead to new leakage of massive radioactive materials is becoming significantly smaller," chief government spokesman Yukio Edano told reporters. "Obviously, the nuclear plant is not running normally. We have to continue to ask nearby residents to remain evacuated in case the situation deteriorates. "We believe the risk of that has become significantly smaller compared to one or two weeks after the earthquake," Edano said, a month to the day after a huge earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems at the Fukushima plant. The government believed the current 20-kilometre (12-mile) exclusion zone was sufficient to protect people living near the plant against any sudden spike in radiation levels, he added.
by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP) April 11, 2011
Japan on Monday said it was to widen the evacuation area around a crippled nuclear plant to include territory outside the current 20-kilometre (12-mile) exclusion zone.

Top government spokesman Yukio Edano said within one month people will be told to leave the village of Katsurao, Namie town and Iitate village as well as part of Kawamata town and Minamisoma city, due to long term health concerns.

"The government has designated for evacuation areas where the radiation exposure level is expected to reach 20 millisieverts per year," Edano said.

Edano, who had earlier warned the government was considering a widening of the area, said a uniform extension of the zone was not appropriate.

"There are some places where cumulative levels of radiation are increasing depending on climate and geographical conditions even outside of the 20-kilometre radius circle," he said.

Edano said the situation at the nuclear plant had not deteriorated and the widening of the zone reflected only concerns over the effect of long-term exposure.

"If you continue living in the areas for a long time, like six months or one year, the cumulative radiation levels may get even higher."

"(This evacuation) will impose enormous burdens on residents of these areas, but they are required to move to other places under this evacuation. It is preferable that they evacuate within about one month."

Environmental pressure group Greenpeace welcomed the move, but said it did not go far enough.

"Greenpeace has been asking the government to immediately evacuate places where radiation is concentrated, such as Iitate village, Kawamata town and Namie town. So we think the government has made the right decision," said Japan Executive Director Junichi Sato.

"The move is one of the minimum things that can be done for now. Our monitoring has shown that radiation levels are relatively high at highly-populated areas such as cities of Fukushima and Koriyama.

"The government needs to inform residents in such places of measures to protect themselves from radiation. As these places are outside the evacuation zone, many residents are not fully protecting themselves from radiation."

Share This Article With Planet Earth DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook

Related Links
Space Technology News - Applications and Research

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Japan considers wider nuclear evacuation zone
Tokyo (AFP) April 7, 2011
Japan said Thursday it is considering expanding the area covered by a compulsory evacuation order, with no immediate end in sight to the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. As emergency workers began pumping nitrogen into the quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant to prevent further explosions, the government said it was seeking advice from experts on whether more areas should be ... read more

Inexpensive New Instruments Test Building Sealants Under Real-World Conditions

Japan to widen evacuation zone around nuclear plant

Defective Plastics Repair Themselves

Can Plants Generate Magnetic Fields

Preparations Underway As US Army Gears Up For Large-Scale Network Evaluations

Global Military Communications Market In 2010

Raytheon BBN Technologies To Protect Internet Comms For Military Abroad

Gilat Announces New Military Modem For Robust Tactical Satcom-On-The-Move

Arianespace Flight VA201: Interruption Of The Countdown

Mitsubishi Electric's ST-2 Satellite Arrives In French Guiana

Jugnu Set To Go Into Space In June

SpaceX Antes Up With Falcon Heavy

Make Your Satnav Idea A Reality

GPS Study Shows Wolves More Reliant On A Cattle Diet

Galileo Labs: Better Positioning With Concept

Compact-Sized GLONASS/GPS Receiver

Google's $700 million ITA buy cleared with conditions

Google, Justice Department near deal on ITA: WSJ

Airbus expects A380 sales to rise in China

Australia's Qantas to offload ageing Boeing 737s

Technique For Letting Brain Talk To Computers Now Tunes In Speech

Japan's stalled chip sector 'to cost $470bn'

Control The Cursor With Power Of Thought

Self-Cooling Observed In Graphene Electronics

Arctic Ice Gets A Check Up

3-D map of Philippines to help combat disasters

For NASA's Aquarius, Quest For Salt A Global Endeavor

First Consistent Geological Interpretation Of East Africa Rift System

High Levels Of Toxic Compounds Found On Coasts Of West Africa

EU declares war on plastic litter in Mediterranean

Danube Will Solve Hungary's Environmental Disaster

Common Nanoparticles Found To Be Highly Toxic To Arctic Ecosystem

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement